Jude Stewart on Pattern

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An Offbeat History of Wrapping Paper

Imprint’s longtime color columnist, Jude Stewart, is writing a new series on patterns in design. Previously, she asked whether ornament is really a crime, spoke to the founders of a London-based “pattern consultancy,” and toured Philadelphia University’s patterns archive. Here’s a holiday statistic that’ll blow your hair back: The Guardian reports that we collectively use...

Black and White and Fascinating All Over: The History of B&W Checkerboard

Imprint’s longtime color columnist, Jude Stewart, is writing a new series on patterns in design. Her previous posts have touched on Adolf Loos, pattern consulting, pattern archives, and holiday wrapping paper. Here, she plumbs a simple, ubiquitous pattern—black-and-white checks, or tartan—that carries a dizzying variety of meanings across cultures and contexts. How many ideas can...

Gilded-Age Dogs Atop Penny-Farthings: A Tour of Philadelphia University’s Patterns Archive

Imprint’s longtime color columnist, Jude Stewart, is writing a new series on patterns in design. Previously, she asked whether ornament is really a crime and spoke to the founders of a London-based “pattern consultancy.”  As part of my new series on pattern, I spoke recently with Sarah Moore, the textile curator of Philadelphia University’s Design Center. Moore...

From the Mundane to the Magnificent: A Q&A with Patternity

Rarely does a design studio’s sensibility assert itself as strongly as that of Patternity, the London-based “pattern consultancy” founded by Anna Murray and Grace Winteringham in 2009. With their positively addicting photo Tumblr, Murray (an art director ) and Winteringham (a textile and surface designer) curate a previously unseen world of pattern, roving restlessly...

Is Ornament Actually a Crime?

This post marks the first installment of a new Imprint series about the intriguing visual archipelago that is pattern. Why and how do patterns—polka dots, stripes, and all their filigreed and more complex cousins—beguile us? What is the range of conflicting and buried meanings that individual patterns can convey? Pattern cuts across disciplines—art, design, and science, to...